Tuesday 16 March 2010

It's In The Bag...

Hey, hey, hey, the sun is shining! We have Springtime! What a boost to the spirits it is. It's been a week of highs and lows, days when I've been feeling decidedly down in the dumps and days when I've awoken to birdsong and wanted to spring out of bed. The pressure of exams and hiccups at school (not literally because they're never really problems, unless like me you would be seized by a fit of giggles at school whenever anyone started to hiccup and inevitably the stern gaze of a teacher was sent my way) have left us feeling all a little bit, well, worn out I suppose.

But then on Friday the sun started to shine, school was behind us for two days, there was a trip to the theatre to be taken (Rosamund Pike in Hedda Gabler, fantastic!), a very special meal out with some very special friends for a very special celebration, and, of course Mother's Day...

a day full of flowers, chocolate, being spoilt rotten, cuddles with my girls and a quick trip into town to buy some goodies and a return home with this gorgeous carrier bag from Carluccio's which just about sings Spring to me! Birds, pansies, blue sky, buds and blossom, delicious!

There has also been sunshine on grey days too - a much awaited trip up to London for a staff jolly with my partner in crime, Dottie, certainly made up for the two years since we last saw each other! Yes, two years! How is that possible? We speak every day, our emails have their own very well worn path through the ether and of course, there's all the custard cream sharing that goes on in the stockroom, but how can it have been two years since we last saw each other?

Well it may have been two years and a lifetime of phone calls since our last face to face, but we chatted and giggled our way along the pavements of London. My goodness we can talk! Thank you Dottie, it was a jolly to remember (and you know what I mean). Let's hope it's sooner rather than later for the next jolly, although I'm not too sure if it's safe for us both be out alone together... maybe next time we should take a compass.

And today, well today, my mind has been pulled in two directions - the garden was calling to me as was poor old Janome my much loved sewing machine... A mental promise to spend the weekend in the garden digging and planting allowed me to get behind the old sewing machine again.

It's been a while and I have been waiting and waiting to make this cushion and somehow today the sunshine galvanised me into making it.

And as I sat sewing I realised that it wouldn't be long before the hedgerows and countryside and the beautiful Downs would be full of these kind of flowers, poppies and corncockles, scabious and orchids...

I could literally feel the sun on my face as I sat and imagined myself walking out over the hills, Mr Roses and my daughters being able to escape the pressures of work and school with each deep breath of fresh Spring air - now that's something to look forward to!


Connie said...

That is the most exquisite bouquet of flowers against the most exquisite flowered wallpaper I've ever seen, sugar. It literally look my breath away! I was going to pick up some tulips yesterday but couldn't find any at a decent price. Truly, that photo is exquisite, chickee!

bellaboo said...

I LOVE all your pics on your post today!
This weather has certainly put a smile on my face and a Spring in my step too!

Bellaboo :o)

Rubyred said...

Such a beautiful post Kim!
How lovely that you met with your partner in crime again! I can't believe it's 2 years since I read about the last time you 2 met!
How time flies!
Rachel x

charl said...

what a lovely post..!!
how lovely that you have a partner in crime to !!.
lovely pics.. i love the bag design.. fab!

Simone said...

A beautiful springtime post. I can't wait for all the lovely flowers to start appearing.

Thimbleanna said...

Spring is coming here too -- we're hearing the birds sing a lot more now. Love your pretty new pillow. And I love that you call your visits a "jolly" -- sounds just super fun!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Sounds like you and your partner in crime had a fab 'jolly girls outing' X

Lisa said...

Your new pillow is just gorgeous!
Those ice cream coloured houses remind me of some we saw in Notting Hill one time.
Lisa x

Petit Filoux said...

That's a lovely pillow x

Pam said...

Ah yes, spring at last! Glad you had fun.

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

Well Howdy Pardner... It was a jolly indeed and thank you for a truly splendid day out.. from our trip down memory lane, to the slightly dubious eatery with the 'Handmade Salads'.. it was a day to store away and relish for a long time.
It won't be two years before the next.. more like two months..I hope!!

Beautifully colour co-ordinated as always Milly.. and I am not just talking about you.. your blog post is full of the joys and spectrum of Spring.


ginny said...

a beautiful post ... and i too feel the sunshine and can smell the spring blooms. how wonderful to have a day with dottie in london... i think it is amazing that you two can run a business via distance with the internet keeping you in daily contact... my how things have changed.
hope the exams are going well for your girl,
warmest springtime wishes
ginny x

Emma Herian said...

Gorgeous again my dear, I can smell the flowers from t'up road! By the way, I forgot to mention in our little conversation earlier that Mr Raven has been baking those Hot Cross buns...... perhaps I could purchase a couple for next weeks walk!
Glad to see you springing into action on ye old sewing machine....keep going xxx

JuicyFig said...

wonderfull images, wonderfull imagery! love this post :~)


Pipany said...

hello Kim. Such a lovely cheery post, though we have pelting rain here today...yuk! Much better weather most of the time though. Huge envy at seeing the beautifu Rosamund Pike. Sigh... x

Twiggy said...

Spring is definitely here and doesn't it make you feel great. I just love walking up and down to school through the village with the sun on my face. I love your photos.
Twiggy x

melanie said...

A wonderful, cheery, springtime post. :) xxx

Hazel said...

Beautiful post! I love all the photos. Isn't Spring just the most inspiring season that really lifts our spirits :)

H xx


Hi, I have been a follower of your blog for a while and thought I would step forward and let you know how much I enjoy your blog! never thought i would say this... but I have carrier bag envy, the floral bag is fab, want one. best wishes, Linda.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Wow what a great eye candy blog. I love that bag (I have a thing about birds at the moment) and that cusion you made is just gorgeous!